- Chris Pratt recently told his Instagram followers that he is doing the Daniel Fast, a diet that limits a person to fruits, vegetables, and unleavened bread, The Huffington Post reported.
- The Daniel Fast is meant to help people “focus on their health using Christ-centered teachings,” according to the diet’s website.
- While cutting out processed foods, excess sugar, and unhealthy fats can improve a person’s overall health, too much restriction can be quite harmful, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- Instead, try a well-balanced diet low in processed foods, like the Mediterranean Diet.
On Wednesday, actor Chris Pratt told his Instagram followers that he was trying a new diet called The Daniel Fast, the Huffington Post reported.
The diet, which requires participants to eat only fruits, vegetables, and unleavened bread for 21 days, is meant to help people “focus on their health using Christ-centered teachings,” according to the diet’s website. Daniel Fast dieters are also told to accompany their new eating regimen with 21 days of prayer.
A highly restrictive diet like The Daniel Fast isn’t sustainable long-term
Like many trendy diets today, including keto and Whole 30, the Daniel Fast limits dieters’ food options. And although cutting out processed foods, excess sugar, and unhealthy fats can improve a person’s overall health, too much restriction can be quite harmful, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“Diets that severely restrict calories or the types of food you eat usually don’t lead to lasting weight loss and may not provide all the nutrients you need,” the HHS explained on its website. The HHS added that such diets aren’t easy to maintain over time, which could explain why the Daniel Diet is only recommended for 21 days.
To stay healthy, a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats is the way to go
Instead of opting for a highly restrictive diet like the Daniel Fast, try limiting your intake of processed foods and sugar. According to Harvard Medical School, eating this way can provide you with the nutrients you need without depriving you. Not to mention, it’s sustainable for the long term.
If you want to take a more structured approach to healthy eating, consider trying the Mediterranean diet, which was ranked the top diet to try in 2019 by US News and World Report, INSIDER previously reported.
The diet requires people to eat a mix of healthy fats like nuts and salmon, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and limit processed foods and sugar. According to the Mayo Clinic, this type of eating plan can help lower bad cholesterol and promote heart health, all while keeping dieters satisfied in the long run.
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